An anti-gay New Mexico Republican state senator with a long history of supporting anti-gay people and practices has cobbled together two dozen of his colleagues to file a lawsuit to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses. A Doña Ana, New Mexico county clerk this week, citing a Santa Fe City Council resolution and a recent statement by the state Attorney General, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. At least 90 same-sex couples have received licenses, and now a district court judge has ordered another county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples also.
“This is not about marriage – This is about who makes the law,” Republican State senator William Sharer writes on his campaign website. But also on his campaign website, Sharer invokes two figures from history, widely believed to be gay: Alexander the Great and Aristotle.
“Humanities [sic] very foundation of ‘being’ is rooted with the bond between man and woman,” Sharer writes:
Alexander may have engaged in homosexual activity, but he married a woman.
He directed his officers to stop “whoring” around and find a local woman to marry.
Aristotle fully believed that marriage, between Greeks, was fundamental for civilization – marriage between a Greek man and a Greek woman to make virtuous Greek babies. It was only with virtuous Greek babies that Greek civilization could succeed.
Sharer for years has been trying to amend the New Mexico state constitution to read:
Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
By the way, do you remember U.S. Senate candidate from New Mexico, Heather WIlson? Wilson last year, in a vile speech, actually claimed a New Mexico anti-bullying bill was unconstitutional because kids who haven’t reached puberty don’t know if they’re gay. Wilson was worried the bill could violate the free-speech rights of bullies. HRC slammed her.
But it should come as no surprise that Senator Sharer went out of his way to endorse Wilson for the U.S.Senate. Fortunately, she lost.
Sharer, we should note, is far from a great role model. Last year, his home town paper reported:
Republican state Sen. William Sharer of Farmington appears to have violated state campaign finance laws by paying for housing out of his campaign finance account.
According to an expenditures and contributions report Sharer filed with the Secretary of State’s office, Sharer paid approximately $4,300 in 2011 and 2012 to property rental company Maez & Co. to rent a condo in Santa Fe during legislative sessions.
Sharer denied there was any intentional wrongdoing.
But as Sharer’s campaign website also states, he “is a leader who understands the issues and knows what is right.”
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